Barry 2019-04-18


This year’s Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show will see plenty of new alloy boat boats, from b oth existing and new builders.

This year’s Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show will see plenty of new alloy boat boats, from b oth existing and new builders. READ MORE…

 Among the New Zealand-designed and built new models making their debut at the show will be the new Sealegs 8.5m Alloy Cabin, a fully-fledged production version of the previous prototype, complete with improvements to the hull shape and options around its control, layout and configuration. Sealegs will also be unveiling the latest version of their popular Sealegs 7.7m Sport D-Tube. It features a clever new forward platform, giving greater access to the bow and providing another area from which to fish.

Invercargill-based Stabicraft Marine will be showcasing two new models in their Stabicraft 2250 Centrecab range: the Centrecab (with a raked back windscreen) and the Ultra Centrecab (with a raked forward windscreen giving users more internal space).

Image Boats, also from New Zealand’s southernmost city, with be displaying their new Image 8.75m Fishmaster Neveready. Powered by twin Suzuki 200hp outboards and with a LOA of

9.05m, a beam of 2.9m and a 17-degreee deadrise, the 8.75 can carry 750 litres of fuel and a 150 litres of water. It features tuna tubes, Garmin electronics, including a 6416 head unit, and a spacious interior.

Described as a fishing weapon, with enough comfort to keep the family happy for a full day out on the water, Blackdog Cat’s new 620 HT is designed to appeal to boaties in the market for

a “no compromises” 6-metre boat. Although more compact than Blackdog Cat’s 670, it retains many of the same features: bunks up front, open deck space aft and all round vision from the helm position.

Makaira Boats will be releasing two new models at this year’s show: the Makaira 670 Targa and the Makaira 725. The 670 is described as a good “day tripper” while the 725 has been designed primarily for performance offshore. It comes complete with a 350-litre aluminium fuel tank for extended trips, internal comfort for staying overnight and an optional lockable cabin.

Marco Boats will also have two new models on display: the Marco 550 Striker and the Marco 800 Souwester.  The 550 Striker Striker features a 5mm bottom, 4mm sides and a hull developed from the company’s larger models. Set up with game fishing in mind, Marco’s new 800 boasts bi-folding doors and windows, creating one large space when fishing and an enclosed wheelhouse when overnighting.

Northland Marine will be showcasing the new Circa 660 & 790 aluminium boats. The new models feature a new, extended transom with twin walk-thru’s, an obstruction-free boarding

platform and a slightly fuller bow. Northland will also be displaying the new Offshore Pro Dive 6.5. Available with and without a hardtop, it comes with an 8mm hull and has been designed by Alan Walker to create a performance hull that is robust, innovative and stylish.

Kiwi Boating will be releasing their brand new design at the show. The Kiwi Boating 6.5 alloy hardtop has been designed by a leading New Zealand alloy boat designer and, for each boat

sold at the show, the company will donate $1000 to the families of those affected by the Christchurch terror attack.

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